Computer science is a major field of influence with many implications on an array of other areas of knowledge. Today, therefore, familiarity with the world of programming is a basic ‘language’ required in order to successfully advance professionally.
The representation of Arab students in the STEM faculties in academia, is so low that accordingly, high-tech employment of Arab individuals is currently at a mere 3%, compared to the 10% of the general population. The status quo of the Arab-Bedouin society in the Negev is even worse. It is estimated that only about 60 Arab-Bedouin individuals are employed within the realm of high-tech, which is astoundingly less than 1%.
In order to bring about real and lasting change, Tamar Center believes that it is necessary to cultivate computer literacy from an early age. This includes the cultivation of the knowledge, skill sets, and basic understanding required in order to establish the computer and software fluency necessary to conceptualize and function within these worlds.
The Regional Computer Science Matriculation is intended for middle and high school students in grades 9-12, who do not already have a similar program in their school.
The program studies include an introductory year, in the 9th grade, and lead up to completing 5 matriculation units in the 10th through 12th grades.